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Who We Are

Sumo is a world-class, award-winning game developer with eight UK studios in Sheffield, Nottingham, Newcastle, Leamington Spa, Warrington, The Chinese Room in Brighton, Red Kite Games in Leeds, and Lab42 in Leamington Spa, along with our India studio in Pune.

Who We Are

We’re Sumo Digital, a family of award-winning game development studios.

We’ve been around since 2003 and have grown from just 15 people to over 700, with eight studios in the UK and one in Pune, India.

Sumo Sheffield | Sumo Nottingham | Sumo Newcastle | Sumo Pune | Sumo Leamington
Sumo Warrington | The Chinese Room | Red Kite Games | Lab42

Our development work covers all major gaming platforms, and we’re proud to produce critically acclaimed games enjoyed by all. We’ve been lucky enough to work on some incredible franchises, as well as some of the world’s biggest publishers, including Microsoft, Sony, and 2K.

Want to learn more about us? Keep exploring our website to find out about our awards and accolades, key staff, charity work and more — or get in touch with our recruitment team to find out what job opportunities we have available.

Sumo is a proud member of two of the UK’s non-profit trade associations, representing and supporting the UK games industry, TIGA and UKIE. We’re also a founding member of Screen Yorkshire’s Game Republic.

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Our studios have had the honour of winning many important awards in their time.

This reflects the skill and enthusiasm of our incredible team members, who are already leaders in their field or are dedicated to mastering their craft. Learning and development is a key area of focus for Sumo, and something we strive to improve year on year so that each of our colleagues can develop their career to the highest level.

Sumo Digital

  • MCV/DEVELOP 2020 – External Development Partner of the Year
  • TIGA 2019 – Best Independent Studio
  • Develop:Star Awards 2019 – Best Studio
  • Sheffield Digital Awards 2019 – Best Video Game – Crackdown 3
  • gamescom 2018 – Best Casual Game – Team Sonic Racing
  • TIGA 2017 – Best Arcade Game – Snake Pass
  • TIGA 2016 – Best Large Independent Studio
  • TIGA 2015 – Outstanding Individual – Carl Cavers, CEO Sumo Digital
  • TIGA 2015 – UK Heritage Award
  • DICE Awards 2015 Best Family Game – LittleBigPlanet 3
  • TIGA 2014 – Best Independent Studio
  • TIGA 2014 – Game With a Purpose – Xbox Fitness
  • gamescom 2014 – Best Family Game – LittleBigPlanet 3
  • gamescom 2014 – Best Online and Social Game – LittleBigPlanet 3
  • TIGA 2013 – Best Arcade Game – Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • BAFTA Cymru (Welsh) 2011 – Digital Creativity & Games – Doctor Who: The Gunpowder Plot

The Chinese Room

  • BAFTA 2016 – Audio Achievement – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • BAFTA 2016 – Music – Jessica Curry – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • BAFTA 2016 – Performer – Merle Dandridge – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • British Writers’ Guild Award 2016 – Best Writing in a Video Game – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Develop 2016 – Audio Accomplishment – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Emotional Game Awards 2016 – Best Artistic Achievement – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Emotional Game Awards 2016 – Best Music – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • G.A.N.G. 2016 – Best Dialogue – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • G.A.N.G. 2016 – Best Original Song: Choral – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • G.A.N.G. 2016 – Best Original Song: Pop – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • G.A.N.G. 2016 – Best Original Soundtrack Album – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Stuff Gadget Awards 2015 – Indie Game of the Year – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • TIGA 2015 – Creative UK Gameplay Award – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Eurogamer 2013 – Best Games of 2013 – Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
  • GameMAG 2013 – Soundtrack – Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
  • G.A.N.G. 2013 – Best Original Vocal Song – Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
  • TIGA 2013 – Best Sound – Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
  • Develop 2012 – Best Use of Narrative – Dear Esther
  • Develop 2012 – Best Microstudio
  • HoPlay 2012 – Best Original Idea – Dear Esther
  • IGF 2012 – Excellence in Visual Art – Dear Esther
  • TIGA 2012 – Action/Adventure – Dear Esther
  • TIGA 2012 – Audio Design – Dear Esther
  • TIGA 2012 – Debut Game – Dear Esther
  • TIGA 2012 – Originality – Dear Esther
  • TIGA 2012 – Visual Design – Dear Esther

Red Kite Games

  • TIGA 2018 – Best Independent Studio
  • Examiner Business Awards 2017 – SME Business of the Year
  • Examiner Business Awards 2016 – Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Simon Iwaniszak


Carl Cavers

Co-founder and CEO Sumo Group plc

Carl joined Gremlin Interactive in 1995. Following its acquisition by Infogrames in 1999, he was appointed as European Development Director with responsibility for all internal development studios in the UK, France and Australia.

Carl co-founded Sumo Digital in 2003 and led the management buy-out with NorthEdge Capital in 2014, followed by the formation and successful IPO of the Sumo Group plc, which floated on AIM in December 2017.

He was awarded the TIGA Most Outstanding Individual in 2015 and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University.

Paul Porter

Co-founder and COO Sumo Group plc

Paul co-founded Sumo Digital in 2003 and heads development across multiple studios in the UK and India. His early career at Revolution Software, Gremlin Interactive and Infogrames saw him manage the creation of cross-platform development systems.

Paul’s career in the games industry began in 1988, writing Predator 2 on the C64. After graduating in Electronic & Electrical Engineering with First Class Honours in 1992, he worked for Rolls Royce & Associates in the Scientific Software development before re-joining the industry at Revolution Software

Gary Dunn

Managing Director – Sumo Digital

Prior to joining Sumo in Sept 2017, Gary has 15 years of experience in the games industry. His games industry experience includes 7 years as SVP Production at SEGA and VP Studios at Codemasters. He led the growth of Creative Assembly and Sports Interactive whilst at SEGA, and ran the award-winning F1, DIRT and GRID franchises whilst at Codemasters. He is also a member of BAFTA, on the awards judging panel for 7 years.

Darren Mills

Studio Director & Co-founder 

Darren co-founded Sumo Digital in 2003 and is the Studio Director of the Sheffield HQ, overseeing development of high profile licensed IP on PC, console and mobile platforms. Darren’s career in games began at Gremlin Interactive, latterly acquired by Infogrames, where he became Studio Art Director.

Before joining the games industry Darren worked in TV on a variety of programmes and live outside broadcasts aired by channels including the BBC, ITV, Sky News and Sky Sports.

Gary Edwards

Studio Director, Nottingham

Gary joined Sumo in 2005 as an Executive Producer, becoming Development Director in April 2009. He has held Senior and Executive Producer roles at Infogrames, Runecraft, Blue Monkey Studios

Owen O’Brien

Studio Director, Newcastle

Owen joined Sumo in January 2018, following the acquisition of CCP Games ‘Newcastle studio.  A seasoned Executive Producer with over 20 years broad industry experience in publishing and development, Owen has led world class teams for his profile franchises and original IP including Harry Potter and Mirror’s Edge.

At CCP Games he led the creative direction and production of EVE: Valkyrie, a flagship title for virtual reality headsets.

Chris Southall

Studio Director, Leamington Spa

Chris joined Sumo in January 2019, to establish and build the Leamington Studio, which is focused on mobile development. Beginning his career at Codemasters in the mid 90s working on Micro Machines and, as part of the core team who designed and made the Colin McRae Rally series, he has held leadership roles at Codemasters and since 2005, SEGA as CTO.

In his time at SEGA, he also grew HARDlight for them, a mobile Studio which brought the company’s well-loved Sonic the Hedgehog and Crazy Taxi brands to the mass mobile audience.

Ed Daly

Studio Director, The Chinese Room

Ed joined in November 2018 to take the role of Studio Director at The Chinese Room. Prior to a spell as MD of a studio producing theme park experiences, Ed spent twenty years starting and growing games studios – the bulk of that with Kuju, where Ed worked on titles ranging from AAA brands like Guitar Hero to original IP such as Chime.

Ed started out as a programmer making game engines but since his first startup in 1999 has picked up an MBA and focused on business and management at creative companies.

Dr Dan Pinchbeck

Creative Director, The Chinese Room

Dan joined Sumo in 2018, following the acquisition of The Chinese Room. As Studio Head and Creative Director of The Chinese Room, he led the development of the internationally award-winning titles Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and So Let Us Melt.

Dan’s experience spans game design, writing and production and he is widely credited for pioneering the ‘walking simulator’ genre of gaming. He’s passionate about first-person games, and this even extends to him having a PhD in First Person Shooters. His role at Sumo will see him oversee the creative evolution of The Chinese Room into new areas of game development for the studio, building on its reputation as one of the most innovative and exciting studios in the UK

Sean Millard

Creative Director

Sean is a founder member of Sumo, becoming Creative Director in 2011, overseeing the design department and company’s creative vision.

Sean has been designing video games since 1993 and holding a variety of creative roles from Designer to Creative Director at indie developers and large developers/publishers including Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Pure and Gremlin.

Steven Zalud

Director of Distributed Development

Steven joined Sumo in 2011 and brings broad knowledge of all elements of the game production process, combined with a passion for building teams, environments and systems to deliver the most creative entertainment experiences.

He’s held director level and management roles at Electronic Arts, Infogrames and Criterion specialising in game and technology development, operational management and organisational development.

Gary Moore

Development Director

Gary joined Sumo as Development Director in May 2012, having worked closely with the team on Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed.

Prior to Sumo Gary has held development roles at LEGO Interactive, EA Studios SEGA’s European Development and Eidos. He has been involved in a wide range of titles including Alien vs Predator, Hitman and Championship Manager. His career began in 1997 at Psygnosis.

Ash Bennett

Technical Director

Ash started his career in 1989 at Gremlin Graphics writing games for C64, he later progressed onto NES, PC Engine and the Top Gear series of games for the SNES, finally becoming lead programmer on the PS1 version of Loaded before leaving to join Probe Entertainment in 1996. Here he worked as lead programmer on the first two games of the Extreme G franchise as well as becoming involved in much of the shared technology within the studio.

In 2000 he returned to Gremlin (by then part of Infogrames) to work on the PS2 conversion of Wacky Races amongst other titles. After the closure of the Infogrames’ Sheffield studio he was amongst the founder members of Sumo Digital and went on to work on many of their leading product, becoming technical director in 2008.


Charity runs deep in the foundations of the Sumo family


Charity runs deep in the foundations of the Sumo family, where we wholeheartedly support some wonderful causes.

These include The Children’s Hospital Charity, Special Effect and Games Aid. Keep an eye on our social media channels to see how else we’re supporting charity in each of our studios!

Careers at Sumo

We’re always pushing the boundaries to create groundbreaking AAA game experiences.
To be able to make the best, we need the best - is that you?

Careers at Sumo

We’re looking for intelligent, driven individuals who can turn a spark of imagination into fantastic gaming experiences.

Think you’re ready for the challenge? Then take a look at some of our current positions and come join the Sumo team.

If you have any questions or would like to have a confidential chat about opportunities at Sumo please call our recruitment team on +44 (0)114 2426766


Group Life Assurance Policy
The company provides a Group Life Assurance Policy to all staff, after successful completion of their probation period. The benefit is payable to a designated beneficiary in the event of death by a lump sum of 4 x annual basic salary.

Group Income Protection Policy
The company provides a Group Income Protection Policy which protects the employee and their family for long periods of illness by paying a portion of income equivalent to 75% of basic salary, for a set timescale.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
EAP is a free, completely confidential source of support for employees and their immediate families, which is provided by a professional independent body.

Holiday Pay
All employees will receive 24 days holiday, in addition to the UK Bank holidays.

Cycle to Work Scheme
The company operates a Cycle to Work Scheme under which the Government offers tax incentives to encourage employees to cycle to work. The scheme is open to all permanent staff with more than 6 months service.

The Company will provide access to a Group Personal Pension Scheme, administered by Scottish Widows.

Flexi Time
Sumo offers a flexi time scheme, because we understand just how crucial it is that staff are able to maintain their work/life balance


The Nottingham studio joined the Sumo Digital family in March of 2016.

download (1)Based in the Castle Marina area of the city and with Nottingham castle dominating the skyline, the new studio is a state-of-the-art space dedicated to supporting our creative and talented team of game developers. The environment has been designed to be open, light and bright and to provide a creative and flexible space against which a new team can develop the latest ideas for today’s gaming platforms.

Situated on the edge of Nottingham city centre, the studio has excellent transport links and is easily accessible by road, national rail, bus and Nottingham’s NET tram system.

The Nottingham studio is a real community of game loving, talented people who have a broad set of skills across a diverse range of games types including first-person shooter and racing games.

We are looking for talented artists, designers, programmers, producers and support roles to join us in making some fun games. In Nottingham, we work on small and mid-size teams where everyone can contribute and make a big difference to the games we make. Delivering great games and following the Sumo Pathway, you’ll be able to develop your career within a supportive and creative environment.

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Our Newcastle studio was acquired from CCP Games in January 2018, bringing onboard a team with experience across many genres to Sumo. In addition to their broad development skills, the team is also widely recognised for their pioneering and critically-acclaimed expertise in Virtual Reality development.

Now working on an undisclosed third person action game, the studio’s combination of innovative technology and creative experience promises an exciting future.

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  • Newcastle held the honour of being rated the happiest place to live in the UK in 2016 by the European Commission and its people are known the world over for being some of the friendliest in the country… And perhaps even the world!
  • Located in the heart of the city there is always something going on but if you fancy a break from city life, there are excellent road and rail links to the studio that can transport you to the nearby countryside or even take you on a seaside excursion to the eastern coast.
  • We have Newcastle International Airport right on our doorstepwith flights to most European and worldwide metropoles and train links providing fast connections to London and Edinburgh.
  • The cost of living in Newcastle is some of the best in the country with property prices typically being 40% less than the UK average, so whether you’re looking for a city flat or a family home in a nearby village – there will be plenty of options available to you that are all within a pleasant commute to the studio.

Sumo Digital Newcastle is recruiting passionate people across all disciplines and levels to add to our established team of experienced game developers. If you’re looking to join a welcoming studio, with great opportunities we would love to hear from you.


Our Leamington Spa studio was opened in February 2019 with a clear vision to excel in mobile development and services – broadening the client opportunities that Sumo has to offer.

Since its inception with a small group of experienced mobile developers, we have been looking to get the right people to expand the team. It doesn’t matter if you have years of experience or are just out of university, we have roles available at all career levels for like-minded people that share our vision and values for making fun and innovative mobile products.

We’re all here to make a difference and create great games that people will continue to play for years to come.  We live by our Studio values, and we have fun while doing so.

Royal Leamington Spa is a Regency town and has something for everyone. Be it green spaces that families can enjoy such as Jephson Gardens with the chance to row boats and canoes down the River Leam, or its many restaurants, bars and vibrant student community.

With attractions like Warwick Castle, Kenilworth Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon all a short drive away, this and more is why Leamington is listed in the 10 happiest places to live in 2018!

Over the past three decades, Leamington Spa has become a thriving hub for developers and working at Sumo Digital will allow you to become a part of this incredible game development community in the UK.

Sumo Digital make groundbreaking games and content for some of the world’s biggest publishers including Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Sega.

Sumo Warrington is the latest addition to the family. We’re assembling a diverse and inclusive team of technologists and creatives to work on amazing games for established and emerging platforms in partnership with some of the world’s biggest and best developers and publishers.
We actively encourage ownership and autonomy and work “smart” to avoid crunch and maximise team performance and wellbeing.

Sumo Warrington is based in Warrington, Cheshire in the North West of England. Our modern, airy office is a short walk from the town centre which is currently undergoing a significant leisure and retail transformation. With local railway stations providing easy access to the metropolises of Manchester and Liverpool and historic Chester, Warrington is an accessible and popular place to live, work and play!

If you’re talented and passionate with a commitment to excellence, collaboration and learning, we want you to join us!

Established in 2007 Sumo India is an award-winning development studio working in co-development with our other Sumo studios in the UK with a focus on providing high quality animation, code, design and graphics for all gaming platforms including PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.


Sumo India’s extensive catalogue of exciting AAA projects includes Crackdown 3, Team Sonic Racing, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Disney Infinity 3.0: Toy Box Speedway, Forza Horizon 2, Virtua Tennis 3, SEGA Superstars Tennis and our very own internal IP, the multiplatform internationally acclaimed Snake Pass.

With further unannounced AAA titles in development, Sumo India offers a unique working environment for the best Artists, Coders, Game Designers, Producers and Programmers in India.

Our office in Pune is in a prime spot in the city with multiple restaurants and bars within walking distance and a large shopping mall with a movie theatre and party facilities. Employees also have free access to our rooftop gym.

We are always looking for talented, creative individuals to complement the team in India and offer competitive benefits, an excellent working environment and the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most exciting and recognisable video games.

The Chinese Room is an award-winning game development studio based in Brighton, best known for creating experimental first-person games such as Dear EstherAmnesia: A Machine for Pigs and most recently, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.

In August 2018, The Chinese Room and co-founder Dan Pinchbeck joined Sumo Digital and is now in the exciting position of building a new team to continue developing some of their existing prototypes but perhaps most importantly: they are looking to build something new, something bigger, something that joining Sumo enabled them to pursue.

Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built on the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and make a positive impact on the games that we create. We believe that work is all about creativity, respect, diversity, fun and togetherness.

As part of the Sumo Digital family, The Chinese Room offers a superb benefits package including generous holidays, flexible working hours, our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out and an excellent environment to work.

The studio is located in Brighton, which we think is one of the best cities in the south of England. It’s not just home to an amazingly vibrant game development scene, but a cultural hotspot with fantastic food, arts, music, shopping and sports.

Not only that but the studio is right next to a gorgeous park and only a short hop from the city centre, the beach and the South Downs National Park. Gatwick Airport is half an hour away from train, and you can be in Central London in just over an hour. It’s an easy place to love!

The Chinese Room is built on passion, on finding amazing people and letting them shine. If this sounds like somewhere you would like to make games, then we would love to hear from you.

Formed in 2012, Red Kite Games was acquired by Sumo Digital in February of 2019. We are a highly experienced team from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds having collectively worked with a multitude of leading development studios on best-selling and critically acclaimed video games including God of War III: Remastered, DiRT 4 and Call of Duty: Strike Team.

We are located in central Leeds, a major European city connected to London by rapid rail links and the M1 motorway and to the rest of the world via Leeds Bradford Airport. Leeds is a financial, legal, cultural and commercial centre within Yorkshire. It is home to some of the coolest restaurants, bars and museums in the north of England, and is within easy reach of spectacular countryside, historic York and the Yorkshire coast.

We offer a superb benefits package including generous holidays and flexi-time. We care about our people, with an emphasis on the work/life balance and out of office events such as our legendary Red Kite summer parties plus our epic Christmas parties and much more! Our regular social gatherings, games nights and team breakfasts make this a great place to build a career and genuine friendships with your colleagues.

Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built on every team member having the opportunity to shine and have real, meaningful input into the games that we create. We pride ourselves on our positive atmosphere and sociable team who regularly partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime and after-work clubs, and charity fundraising events. We’re looking for people that love what they do and to share their enthusiasm with each other.

Lab42 is a best in class cross-platform game developer based in the UK. Now in our fifth-year, our headcount has grown to 30 experienced people supported by a veteran management team with backgrounds from Activision, Codemasters, and EA.

With an exceptional engineering team who bring experience of working directly on 17 titles across a range of platforms, we are ideally set up to take on the responsibility of full SKU development, adaptations & ports from platform to platform and focused co-development where our adaptable production techniques and processes enable us to dovetail with our partners.

We hold the official license for World Snooker and internally developed the photo-realistic, sports/simulation Snooker19, the first in an ongoing game franchise, for all major Consoles and PC. That’s in addition to providing a range of development services and special projects to a growing client list which features Paradox, Sega, Klei Entertainment, Magmic, Ripstone and WayForward.

Since joining the Sumo Digital family is 2020, Lab42 Games are looking to recruit a whole host of new team members to fill various positions. Check out the careers page for more.

Contact Us

If you’re planning a visit, let us know and we’ll put the kettle on.

Contact Us


Sumo Digital Ltd (Sheffield)
Unit 32 Jessops Riverside,
800 Brightside Lane, Sheffield,
South Yorkshire, S9 2RX,
United Kingdom

Sumo Digital Ltd (Nottingham)
Units 15/16 Castlebridge Office Village,
Kirtley Drive, Castle Marina,
Nottingham, NG7 1LD,
United Kingdom

Sumo Digital Ltd (Newcastle)
Northern Design Centre,
Abbott’s Hill,
Gateshead, NE8 3DF,
United Kingdom

Sumo Digital Ltd (Leamington)
Bishops House,
Artemis Drive, Tachbrook Park,
Leamington Spa,
CV34 6UD,
United Kingdom

Sumo Digital Ltd (Warrington)
The Base,
Dallam Lane, Warrington,
Lancashire, WA2 7NG,
United Kingdom

The Chinese Room
4 Clarence Yard,
Brighton, BN1 1GT,
United Kingdom

Red Kite Games
Park Row House,
19-20 Park Row,
West Yorkshire, LS1 5JF
United Kingdom

The Malthouse
William Street, Leamington Spa
Warwickshire, CV32 4HJ
United Kingdom


Sumo Video Games Private Limited
B-205/206, 2nd Floor,
Wing B of MCCIA Trade Towers,
Senapati Bapat Road,
Pune- 411016
Maharashtra, India.



Technical Support Requests

For technical support, please contact the publisher of the game that you need help with.

Sumo is not able to offer technical support or customer support services.

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